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Russia Could Fend off US LNG Plans for Europe

By Oleg Vukmanovic and Henning Gloystein, Reuters As Russia tightened its grip on Ukraine's Crimea region this month, U.S. and European Union officials were urging the Obama Administration to speed up approvals of more liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals. Yet Russian exporter Gazprom's ability to swamp European natural gas markets with supply while depressing prices will make it difficult for as-yet unavailable U.S. supplies to displace Russian gas in Europe. The EU is keen to diversify away from Russian gas imports, a stance hardened by Gazprom's decision to switch off supply to Ukraine during a pricing dispute in 2009 which curtailed supplies to EU member states, as well. Yet U.S. LNG, exports of which are expected to ramp up beginning next year, are not a silver bullet in supply diversification for Europe. State-controlled Gazprom sells most of its gas to Europe in long-term deals that are partly linked to the price of oil. It has recently agreed major price reductions with most of its European customers, including Germany's E.ON and RWE, France's GDF Suez and Italy's ENI and Edison. The move has helped defend its leading position in Europe, including from potential U.S. shipments, and industry sources say that Russia may agree to further discounts. U.S. exports to Europe would barely break even at current spot market prices, as operating costs, fees and shipping rates would push the price of U.S. cargoes above European spot levels.


Classification Leaders Weigh in on Marine Propulsion

James Watson, President & COO, Americas Division, ABS

When talk turns to marine propulsion and the host of surrounding topics – emissions, efficiency, fuel consumption – we turn to class for answers. While there are just two questions, the ensuing answers from leaders at ABS, BV, ClassNK, DNV GL, LR and RINA are voluminous & enlightening.   • Paal Johansen, DNV GL    The stricter environmental regulations and rising fuel costs lead to technology development in design, size, propulsion and operations


Teekay to Acquire Up to Two LNG Carriers

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. announced that it has agreed to acquire a 155,900 cubic meter (cbm) liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier newbuilding from Awilco LNG ASA, a Norwegian-based owner and operator of LNG carriers. The vessel, which is currently under construction by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., (DSME) of South Korea, is expected to deliver in the third quarter of 2013, and subsequent to delivery from DSME to Awilco


Jensen to Design LNG Bunker Barges

Image: Jensen Marine

Houston-based LNG fuel supply and distribution company LNG America LLC announced today that it has contracted Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.'s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, to design the initial bunker/shuttle barge for its U.S. Gulf Coast operations. Currently no LNG bunkering barges are in operation in American waterways, and these vessels will be among the first to be developed and built


LNG Spot Prices Drop; Demand Dips from Brazil, Japan

By Oleg Vukmanovic and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen,  Reuters Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) fell this week as demand from Brazil's Petrobras slackened and top Japanese buyers switched to cheaper fuels and relied more on supplies under long-term deals. Prices for April delivery dropped to around $18.10 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) from $19.60 per mmBtu last week. Petrobras, a major Atlantic Basin LNG buyer in recent weeks


Dynagas LNG Completes Acquisition of Arctic Aurora

Dynagas LNG Partners LP

  Dynagas LNG Partners LP announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of the ownership interests in the entity that owns and operates the 2013 built ice class liquefied natural gas carrier Arctic Aurora from Dynagas Holding Ltd., Dynagas Partners’ sponsor, for a purchase price of $235.0 million. On June 19, 2014 Dynagas Partners entered into a new $340 million senior secured revolving credit facility which was used to refinance $214


EU Monitors Market

No improvement in the market and no change in the behaviour of South Korean yards, says fifth Commission report on world shipbuilding The world shipbuilding market continues to face serious difficulties, while certain South Korean yards are still pricing ships below cost, notes the European Commission's latest (fifth) report on world shipbuilding, adopted today. World ship prices are still being depressed by excess supply, due to past expansion of yards mainly in Korea


Korea's Daewoo To Grab Hold of LNG Ship Market

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd aims to grab half this year's 15 to 20 orders for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers, strengthening its lead in the higher end of the shipbuilding market, the company said on Monday. Company officials reportedly said that Daewoo was expected to sign a $500 million deal to build an offshore fixed platform in Angola in April. The price for an LNG carrier is about $160-$175 million, about twice the price for a 300


LNG Gains Traction as Alternative Fuel

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As Cargo, Fuel or both; LNG is emerging as the clear and clean way forward for the maritime industry.   •    In the Beginning         The use of LNG as a marine fuel is not new. Vessels trading cryogenic LNG have burned boil-off natural gas in steam boilers for many years as a simple solution to maintaining necessary temperatures and pressures within cargo spaces


LNG Sabine Pass Terminal Contract Signed

Sabine Pass Terminal: Image credit Cheniere Partners

Cheniere Energy Partners' subsidiary Sabine Pass Liquefaction signs a LNG sale and purchase agreement with Total Gas & Power North America. Cheniere Partners owns 100 percent of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal located on the Sabine Pass Channel in western Cameron Parish, Louisiana.  The Sabine Pass LNG terminal has regasification and send-out capacity of 4.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) and storage capacity of 16.9 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe).


Growing American Shipping Act Gaining Support

Legislation promotes revitalization of maritime industry through export of liquefied natural gas on U.S. flagged ships Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member John Garamendi (D-Calif.) held a hearing Wednesday that brought together the House Committee on Transportation and


China Orders More MAN Dual-Fuel Units

Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo

51/60DF engines to power LNGCs MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced a further order for its MAN 51/60DF engine. After a longer period of evaluation, an international consortium, including Teekay LNG Partners, has selected a Dual-Fuel Diesel Electric (DFDE) propulsion solution featuring


For Europe's LNG Ports, Russia Gas Fears and US Exporters Buoy Demand

Gas buyers nervous of Russia cutting supply are helping solve Europe's problem of too many underused liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, as they seek space at France's Dunkirk plant. Adding to renewed demand is the more potent interest of major east Asian companies


Finland Grants Support to Three Small LNG Terminals

The Finnish government granted 65.2 million euros (84.22 million US dollar) in subsidies to build three small liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals to cut on use of fuel oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in industry, the economy ministry said on Thursday.


Wärtsilä’s LNGPac Receives AIP from DNV GL

The Wärtsilä LNGPac system installed in a platform supply vessel.

The new Wärtsilä LNGPac, the upgraded version of the company's successful LNG fuel handling system, has been granted an AIP (Approval in Principle) Certificate from the classification society DNV GL. The certificate was presented at Wärtsilä’s stand at the SMM conference


New Inert Gas Systems from Alfa Laval

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LNG and LPG carrier tanks hold both a source of income and a potential source of danger. To avert the danger, inert gas systems (IGS) have been required on all new tankers over 20,000 dwt since 1978 — a move that has surely saved untold lives


CEO Outlines DNV GL's Key Themes at SMM

Tor E. Svensens address: Photo DNV GL

Tor E. Svensen, CEO of DNV GL addressed the SMM 2014 trade fair in Hamburg, explaining that the classification society's key themes were: enhancing operational efficiency; improving safety, and smarter data. Svensen also looked at some of innovative new projects and research underway at DNV GL


ABS to Class LNG-fueled Nordic Hamburg Containerships

Patrick Janssens: Photo ABS

Leading provider of classification services to the maritime and offshore industries, ABB, says it has  been chosen to class two LNG-fueled containerships to be built in China for German owner GNS Shipping/Nordic Hamburg. The 1,400 teu vessels will feature dual-fuel propulsion enabling them


Gas Turbine Powered LNG Carrier Earns Lloyd’s Register AIP

artist rendering of the GE/DSIC LNG carrier

GE Marine and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) announced at the SMM 2014 exhibition they have received Approval in Principle (AIP) for their jointly developed gas turbine-powered LNG carrier design. The AIP, issued by Lloyd’s Register


US Approves LNG Exports from Sempra, Carib Energy Projects

The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday approved liquefied natural gas exports from two projects, as lawmakers pressed the administration to move quickly to clear a backlog of applications to ship gas abroad. Sempra Energy's Cameron LNG facility in Louisiana and Carib Energy's small-scale


US Shippers Seek Role in LNG, Oil Exports

Congressman Hunter

The U.S. government should ensure that international trade of U.S. natural gas, and potentially crude oil, will offer opportunities for the domestic shipping industry, maritime groups said on Wednesday. Booming shale gas production has put the United States on track to become a major exporter


Crowley Gets Small-Scale NFTA LNG Supply License

Gas tanker: Photo courtesy of Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp. informs that its subsidiary Carib Energy LLC has been granted a 20-year, small-scale U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) export license for the supply, transportation and distribution of U.S.-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) into Non-Free Trade Agreement (NTFA) countries in


DNV GL Presents AIP for ‘LNG Ready’ Mega Box Ships

From right to left: Tor Svensen, CEO of DNV GL Maritime, presents the Approval in Principle for the first “LNG Ready” mega box ships to Oi Hyun Kim, CEO and COO of HHI’s Shipbuilding Division, and Waleed Al Dawood, COO of United Arab Shipping Company, in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Ali Bin Jassim Al Thani, UASC Board Member.

Wednesday at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg, DNV GL presented Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) with an Approval in Principle (AIP), recognizing the technical feasibility of the LNG fuel system design for the A14 and A18 series of container vessels


Bulk Carriers to Adopt Wärtsilä Dual-Fuel Engine Technology

 A new cement carrier for JT Cement will feature a 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF main engine, making it the first bulk carrier to adopt Wärtsiläs multi fuel capability.

The increasing use of LNG as a marine fuel is further emphasized with the latest order for Wärtsilä's dual-fuel engine technology. A new cement carrier being built at the Scheepswerf Ferus Smit yard in the Netherlands will feature a six-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF main engine


Shippers Must Reduce Costs, Boost Efficiency

Michael Wilson

So what’s keeping ship operators awake at night these days?  Plenty, it seems. Sluggish recovery from a lingering worldwide recession, unsustainable debt loads, endemic overcapacity in most shipping trades, punishing freight rates






 
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